FROM Martin Gomez
Libraries Extend Hours Thanks to Measure L All 73 libraries in the City of Los Angeles were open today for the first time on a Monday since August of last year. At that point budget cuts put services at their lowest level in 140 years. Today's re-opening was the result of Measure L , which passed in March with more than 60 percent of the vote. Martín Gómez is the Los Angeles City Librarian .
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.